“Miz Scarlett, that bourbon ain’t gone do you no good; you pourin’ two glasses every time, uh uh!

Bin tellin’ you over a month now, he ain’t never comin’ back, your own fault.

No amount of licker goin’ to drown the elephant in this room.”

Scarlett shuts her eyes and wishes Mammy would shut up.

From Wikipedia:

Elephant in the room” is an English idiom for an obvious truth that is being ignored or goes unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.

It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there have made a choice. They are choosing to concern themselves with tangential or small and irrelevant issues rather than deal with the looming big one.

The term is often used to describe an issue that involves a social taboo, such as race, religion or even suicide. This idiomatic phrase is applicable when a subject is emotionally charged; and the people who might have spoken up decide that it is probably best avoided.

The idiom is commonly used in addiction recovery terminology to describe the reluctance of friends and family of an addicted person to discuss the person’s problem, thus aiding the person’s denial. It is sometimes invoked as a “pink elephant”, possibly in reference to alcohol abuse.




31 Comments Add yours

  1. Madmom says:

    I know of one specific place where there is still an elephant in the room. Hehe.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Funny, I thought about writing about that one, but it made my stomach turn …

  2. buttercup600 says:

    Good one Cindy:)….won’t go there this time:)

    1. theonlycin says:

      hehe, no worries mate 🙂

  3. Kavita says:

    Loved the lingo !!! 🙂
    Ever noticed how it shuts it’s eyes, thinking no one can see it? hehehe…
    Scarlet reminded me of this cat..

    A wow 55, Cin!!

  4. waystationone says:

    nice. i like playing with idioms…and uncovering elephants…nice 55.

  5. Me a writer? says:

    Educate, Entertain and what was the third thing in the BBC charter? What you mean this isn’t the BBC? To hear or read my non-PC illustrated Friday 55 click here. Warning you may have to read the footnote after to make sense of it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You did great, I finally know that you’re in the UK *grin*

  6. nrhatch says:

    When I see an elephant in the room, I always like pointing it out. : )

    Of course, then I become the elephant . . . the thing to ignore. (Like Mammy!)

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, I know the feeling Nancy 😀

  7. G-Man says:

    I read them all…
    So far, this is ONE of my favorites!
    I really liked this Windy 55…
    Thanks for playing so fantastically well, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for herding us all Galen 🙂

  8. JamieDedes says:

    I didn’t know the background on that. Very interesting! Thanks, Cindy.
    Have a great weekend and thank you for your response on the baboons. Mine is on the post. Appreciate it. lol

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for a great week and wonderful interaction Jamie, enjoy 🙂

  9. Very good, and educational too!

    I guess maybe I’ll have to watch that movie all the way through sometime.

    And read To Kill A Mockingbird — so much to enjoy yet in life! 🙂


    1. theonlycin says:

      And thanks for the song for Galen, Jannie, you rock.

  10. slpmartin says:

    Alas, the elephant is in a number of society’s rooms…it is why we poets are kept so busy writing about all the elephants no one seems to see but us. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      The one breed of elephant that isn’t at risk of extinction?

  11. gospelwriter says:

    That’s what I would wish too, for Mammy to stop – she might be right, but who wants to hear it? (Oh, am I in denial?)

    🙂 Nice!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I’d slap Mammy upside the head 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Jingle *hugs*

  12. Alice Audrey says:

    Is this a take off from the book rather than the movie? I can’t remember a place where there would be an elephant in the room, but I haven’t read the book.

    1. theonlycin says:

      This is a totally fictional piece, assuming the book didn’t end when it did.

  13. libras child says:

    ahh… a number of people menioned elephants in rooms. didn’t realise the meaning. thanks.
    LOVE gone with wind btw

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit LC 🙂

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